'Escape from New York' Remake Being Written by 'Luther' Creator Neil Cross

'Escape from New York' Remake Being Written by 'Luther' Creator Neil Cross
While it's unclear at the moment if Snake Plissken will be making a break for it again on the big screen, it's been revealed that Luther creator Neil Cross is attached to a forthcoming remake of '80s-era post-apocalyptic action flick, Escape from New York.

Not all of the details have been delivered behind the update, but The Hollywood Reporter writes that Cross has been tapped to deliver a screenplay for the flick, which will be produced by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's Picture Co. for 20th Century Fox.

The 1981 original was directed, scored and co-written by John Carpenter, who helmed the screenplay with Nick Castle. The plot explored the dismal setting of 1997 New York, where the island of Manhattan had been transformed into a prison zone. Kurt Russell starred as the eye patch-sporting anti-hero Snake Plissken, who is on a search-and-rescue mission to save the president from the decayed landscape.

The movie was later followed up by 1996's Escape from L.A., which also starred Russell and was directed by Carpenter.

Fittingly, Carpenter is onboard as an executive producer for the new movie and will be involved in the project creatively.

Neither a solid due time nor casting details have been revealed at this point. It's said, though, that Fox hopes to reinvigorate the property as it has done with its updated Planet of the Apes series.

Cross's resume includes penning the Idris Elba-starring BBC series Luther, while he linked up with the actor again for 2013 sci-fi flick Pacific Rim. He also wrote horror flick Mama.